Gardner Bay at Espanola
After a roller coaster night in rough seas, we awoke in Gardner Bay, off the island of Espanola. Espanola is one of the oldest islands in the Galapagos. Once volcanic, it is now slowly eroding and sinking into the ocean. Being home to thousands of sea birds, it is one of the top Galapagos islands to visit. But the birds will have to wait until this afternoon.
We left boat in the morning and landed on the beach at Gardner Bay. There we many sea lions on the beach, most of whom seemed to be trying to sleep -- it must be too early for them. We walked along the beach taking photos of the sea lions. At the end of the beach we saw a few marine iguanas and mockingbirds, who were not shy at all.
After walking on the beach, we went snorkeling from the dinghy by Gardner Island. There were some small sea lions and a few fish, and very cold water. Brrrrrrr.